Top 10 OSHA Violations in 2017

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) protects American workers by setting safety standards and investigating workplaces for violations. Below are the top ten violations in workplaces for the past year:

1. Duty to have fall protection in construction 

This standard requires that employers determine whether scaffolding and other structures are sufficiently strong for workers to walk on. Employees must be protected from falls with the use of guardrails, safety nets, or other systems. (29 CFR 1926.501)

2. Hazard communication standard

OSHA requires that information about hazardous chemicals be classified and communicated to employers and employees. This information should be communicated through container labeling, safety data sheets, employee training, and other methods. (29 CFR 1910.1200)

3. General requirements for scaffolding in construction

Scaffolding should support its own weight and four times the maximum intended load. For example, if the maximum intended load is 400 pounds, then the scaffolding should be able to support 1,600 pounds. (29 CFR 1926.451)

4. Respiratory protection

This standard attempts to limit the inhalation of dust, fog, vapors, and other contaminants. Employers should use proper ventilation or substitute less toxic materials. In other situations, an employer should use a respirator. (29 CFR 1910.134)

5. Control of hazardous energy

Some machines or equipment can start up or release stored energy, which can lead to injuries when servicing or performing maintenance. This rule establishes requirements for controlling this energy. (29 CFR 1910.147)

6. Ladders in construction

This standard sets the minimum loads that a ladder should support without failure. For example, self-supporting portable ladders should support at least four times the maximum intended load. The rule also sets guidelines for the construction and spacing of rungs, cleats, and steps. (29 CFR 1926.1053)

7. Powered industrial trucks

OSHA sets safety standards for certain trucks, such as platform lift trucks and motorized hand trucks. OSHA regulates the design, use, maintenance, and fire protection for these trucks. (29 CFR 1910.178)

8. Machinery and machine guarding 

Certain machines can endanger their operators and those nearby. For example, a machine might create sparks or flying chips or have rotating parts. This rule requires that the machines have guards as protection. (29 CFR 1910.212)

9. Training requirements for fall protection

Employers must offer training programs to help employees recognize fall hazards and know how to minimize the hazards. (29 CFR 1926.503)

10. Wiring requirements

These standards regulate temporary wiring, cable trays, and open wiring. For example, the rules strictly limit when temporary wiring can carry more than 600 volts. (29 CFR 1910.305)

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